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Graduate (Post-Bac) Certification Program 

Individuals who already have an undergraduate degree and want to pursue certification as a secondary (7-12) history/social studies teachers may apply for study in the Post-Bac Program, which prepares students for state certification, but does not lead to a master’s degree.

To enter the Post-Bac certification program at CCSU students must pass the Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge test (10081) administered by ETS.  If you are thinking about applying to the program, planning for the test should begin from the very start.

Important Note: If you are currently certified in another content area and want cross-endorsement in History & Social Studies 7-12, you must contact the State of Connecticut Department of Education. All cross-endorsement programs are administered at the state level.

How Do I Get Started?

The first step is applying to the Post-Bac Certification Program at the CCSU Graduate School.  Information on the application process and deadlines is available at the School of Graduate Studies website.

What Happens After I’m Accepted?

Your academic transcripts will be forwarded to the School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS) and to the Department of History for review. The SEPS review will determine what general education requirements may need to fulfilled in order to meet CCSU and State of Connecticut requirements for certification. The Department of History will conduct a content area review of your transcript to see what History or Social Science courses you may need to take.

All Post-Bac teacher certification students must complete the same major course load as CCSU undergraduate students. There are two tracks available:History or Social Science. Both lead to the same State of Connecticut certification for secondary (7-12) history/social studies (state endorsement code 026). We typically choose a track that will allow you to complete the program as quickly as possible, but all students have the option of choosing their track.

Please be aware that the CCSU History Department will only transfer in classes that count toward your track in which you received a grade of C- or better.

What Courses Will I Need To Take?

To get a general idea about what content courses you may be need, please download the following forms and compare them to your undergraduate transcript.  

Be advised, these forms do not include the general education requirements that may be needed or the 31 Education credits that are required.

Soon after acceptance into the Graduate School, students will receive a customized Planned Program of Study that lists the general education and content area courses that are needed.

How Long Will the Program Take?

There are no set timetables for Post-Bac certification completion.  Every student is slightly different depending on their undergraduate degree. 

Students must complete all general education and content classes on their Planned Program, as well as the 31 credits required in the Professional Program.

The final 10 of the Professional Program credits must be completed during a semester of full-time student teaching.  At a minimum, the Post-Bac program will take three semesters.

What is the Professional Program?

The Professional Program is the official program of teacher education. The State of Connecticut requires that students be admitted to the Professional Program in teacher education only after they have met certain criteria.  Be aware that admission to the Graduate School and pursuit of a Post-Bac teacher certification Planned Program of Study does not guarantee admission to the Professional Program.

How do I apply to the Professional Program?

The Professional Program application deadlines are usually September 10 and February 10. Applications are available at the Teacher Preparation websites of the School of Education and Professional Studies.

Before applying, be sure that you meet the minimum requirements:

  • Passing score on the Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge test (10081)
  • School of Education requirements
  • 2.70 or better cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • 3.00 or better cumulative GPA for all Social Science courses: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology
  • A grade of “B” or better in HIST 301 OR prior approval to take HIST 301 in the semester that you apply.

How do I get Accepted into the Professional Program?

In addition to the meeting the above application requirements, students must submit an essay that receives a passing score from the department’s Social Studies Committee and pass an interview that covers a student’s motivation, content knowledge, skills, and dispositions.  To pass the interview, students must receive a 12 or above and, with an average score in each area of 2 or above on the Interview Rubric.

What Happens After I Get Accepted?

Once accepted to the Professional Program students may begin taking Education courses.  

Note: There are two graduate Education courses that Post-Bac students may take prior to acceptance into the Professional Program. Information is available on the Advising Information for Current Professional Program Students 


Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, you will need to be fingerprinted. If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program.